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Binge Use of Alcohol and Drugs

Getting drunk or high on an intermittent basis — perhaps every weekend —  is known as binge using. There is are indications that people who binge drink stand a considerably greater chance of becoming alcoholics, especially young people, who are still forming neural connections in their brains.  Many authorities believe that this applies to certain …

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The Lion, The Witch, and The Addict

Occasionally I run across things in unexpected places that, nonetheless, I relate to drug addiction, alcohol abuse, alcoholism and general dysfunction. Laura Miller is a literary critic for the online magazine Salon.  A lifelong reader, she has some interesting things to say about readers and reading in general, but I was especially taken by the first …

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College Says Students Who Use Drugs To Study May Be Cheating

As many as 20 percent of college students have used Ritalin or Adderall to study, write papers and take exams, according to recent surveys focused on college campuses like Wesleyan. A study released in 2008 by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia found that the number of teenagers who admit to …

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“Bath Salts” and “Incense” Are Seriously Bad News

I thought I’d write some follow-up on the subjects of “bath salts” and “incense,” since they are obviously impacting so many people. These compounds, commonly sold across the counter at convenience stores, gas stations, head shops and other such vendors, fall into the class of abusable compounds that we refer to as “designer drugs.” Designer drugs …

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Strength? We don’t need no stinkin’ strength!

Nowadays I hear a lot of folks saying (to recovering people) things like “You’re so strong!” and “Be strong!”  I hear newcomers say “I pray for the strength to beat my addiction,” and other stuff like that.  While I understand the thinking behind such remarks (all too well), there are a few comments I’d like …

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How Do Drugs Lead To Diseases Like AIDS And Hepatitis?

Drugs (including alcohol) lead to physical problems in three ways. First of all, the drugs themselves can damage bodily systems. Cirrhosis of the liver, pancreatitis, alcoholic dementia, neurological damage due to heavy drug use, premature aging and diseases of the circulatory system are examples of direct harm to the body. The association of drug use …

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Why Do Addicts Keep Using Despite The Consequences? — Part 2

Previously we mentioned that the pleasure center is a portion of the brain over which we have no conscious control, and that it can be stimulated by a variety of chemicals — some of them produced inside our bodies and some that we introduce from outside.  We said that the pleasure center rewards us for activities …

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